Welcome to our Elementary Education Department Website!
The mission of the Elementary Instruction Department is to develop a Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) based curriculum that is learner-centered and aligned to the scope and sequence in grades PK-5. Coordinators work with a cadre of talented teachers from a cross-section of the district to develop this learner-centered instruction. The Elementary Department is continuing several district-wide instructional practices that initiated a few years ago. This year we will be holding four of our district competitions on Saturday, February 2, 2019, at United High School main campus, followed by an awards ceremony at the UHS 9th grade campus. This year’s Tournament of Academic Champions is comprised of four events as follows: Vocabulary Bee, Math Bee, Writing Challenge, and Science Fair/ STREAM Fair.
A description of each can be found in the elementary webpage. Our Academic Coordinators will continue to provide Curriculum Updates where the latest information on our Scope and Sequence and initiatives is provided. In addition to completing an aligned curriculum, the coordinators assure that our Curriculum-Based Assessments are aligned to our scope and sequence. A selected cadre of teachers reviewed the District Scope and Sequence, Curriculum-Based Assessments, and Checkpoints.
The Curriculum-Based Assessments or CBAs will be administered twice during the school year. These tests are curriculum-based and monitor student learning at the end of the tested six weeks. Students take the CBA test instead of their normal weekly/unit test the last week of the tested six weeks.
Checkpoints will be provided on the scope for lessons covered. The length, scope, and frequency of checkpoints are directly correlated to the lessons covered for the grade level and content area in question. Checkpoints are provided for all grade levels and content areas.
District benchmarks shall be administered in the state tested content areas and grade levels. These benchmarks are comprehensive in nature and aim to provide an exam for teachers to gauge students’ level of preparation for the designated State Assessment of Academic Skills (STAAR) test. The aligned curriculum, learner-centered instruction, and six weeks and benchmark assessments help ensure that the highest expectations of our students are met. Every elementary student in grades 3rd, 4th, and 5threceive a Data Management for Assessment and Curriculum (DMAC) progress report indicating the child’s scores on their District tests to gauge how the child would score on the STAAR assessment as of the benchmark date. Parents are asked to review the results with their child, sign, and return the form to the child’s teacher. The Elementary Gifted and Talented Program aims to identify qualifying gifted students and provide them with student-centered learning experiences comprised of challenging curriculum with greater depth and complexity. Participants of the Gifted and Talented (GT) Program will develop higher-level thinking skills and optimize their identified talents. The GT Coordinator provides support, facilitates the transition, and ensures continued implementation of program objectives at the elementary and secondary levels. In addition, the GT Coordinator implements procedures to ensure compliance with the Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented Students; in the areas of student assessment, service design, curriculum and instruction, professional development, and community and family involvement. The elementary instructional coordinators work closely with the secondary coordinators, Special Education Department, the Bilingual Department, and the Advanced Academics Department to assure quality, aligned curriculum for all students.
The Elementary Education Department oversees the following content areas:
Elementary District-Wide activities not included in the Tournament of Champions :
Reading Madness: Mimicking March Madness, all 28 campuses compete to earn the highest AR points. Campuses compete to place in the Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Bronze brackets. Students with the highest AR points at their campus and highest vocabulary points are recognized at the district level. A Top Reader for the district shall be determined as well as
A Top Vocabulary Point Attainment Award.
Journal Writing Across the Curriculum: Daily journal entries in the following content areas: math, science, and social studies. Students are encouraged to use their MIGHTY WORDS for each content area.
Spelling Bee: Our district spelling bee will take place on Thursday, January 31, 2019. Elementary and Middle School campus winners shall compete to determine a district winner. However, ALL campus winners are eligible to compete in the City-Wide Spelling Bee.
Super Outrageous STREAM Day (SOS): Slated for October 31, 2018, and February 14, 2019. Science TEKS activities meant to get students actively involved in reviewing assigned science standards critical in their grade level through lesson activities that integrate science, technology, reading, art, and math.
The Elementary Department is ready to work together as ONE powerful team to teach and guide all our students to master all content areas and to guide & students to become life-long learners who envision their success and set out to realize their dreams!